Summary for Oonops domesticus (Araneae)

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Oonops domesticus in web of Amaurobius under bark. Copyright: Evan Jones
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Oonops domesticus
Authority: de Dalmas, 1916
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Oonopidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 428
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 88
Pre-1992 hectads: 77
Total hectads: 147

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Recorded altitude range
1m to 280m

Species text

The species is widely distributed in southern Britain as far north as Lancashire and Yorkshire, but with only two records in Scotland. It is widespread in western Europe but is not recorded from Austria or Scandinavia north of Denmark.

Habitat and ecology
It is almost confined to houses and other warm buildings but Ian Dawson has found it outside in March in the stiff leaves of a yucca. The small size and nocturnal habits of Oonops domesticus enables it to live almost unnoticed in houses. Being an active hunter with slow, positive movements, interspersed with short, fast dashes and pauses, it can be found on ceilings and walls after dark as it seeks a mate or prey. During the daytime it remains concealed in a silken cell. Batches of two eggs are laid and there are probably several such batches of pink eggs which are visible through the wall of the sac. Adults of both sexes are probably to be found at all times of the year.

Synanthropic but scarce. The spider is probably under-recorded due to its small size and nocturnal habits.

Original author of profile: R. Ruffell

Text based on Harvey, P.R., Nellist, D.R. & Telfer, M.G. (eds) 2002. Provisional atlas of British spiders (Arachnida, Araneae), Volumes 1 & 2. Huntingdon: Biological Records Centre.  References

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Adult Season Data (based on 93 records with adult season information)


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Habitat Detail and Method (based on 38 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Oonops domesticus in web of Amaurobius under bark.
Oonops domesticus in web of Amaurobius under bark.
In my kitchen in the daytime
In my kitchen in the daytime
Oonops domesticus in bath
Oonops domesticus in bath
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